Good luck at Real Madrid, Hernandez – Herrera

The striker has been deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United and the Mexico head coach has backed him to shine at the Santiago Bernabeu


Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera has congratulated Javier Hernandez ahead of an expected loan move to Real Madrid.

The striker appears to be surplus to requirements at Manchester United following the arrival of Louis van Gaal as manager and is on the verge of a completing a temporary switch to the Champions League winners.

While that switch has yet to be confirmed, Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has taken to Twitter to wish ‘Chicharito’ well at Santiago Bernabeu.

A message from Herrera’s official account read: ”Getting to Real Madrid is a great opportunity for @ CH14_ [Hernandez] , whom I wish the best of success!”

Hernandez joined United in 2010 from Guadalajara and has scored 59 goals for the club, despite frequently having to settle for cameo appearances from the bench.

The 26-year-old made only six starts in the Premier League last term.

Mata hails Di Maria & Blind arrivals

The Spain midfielder is confident the two new signings will bolster a Manchester United team without a win under Louis van Gaal and also praised the departed Shinji Kagawa


Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has expressed his excitement at the arrival of new signings Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind at Old Trafford.

Di Maria completed a Premier League-record €75 million transfer to the Red Devils from Real Madrid last week, while Blind is expected to finalise his switch from Dutch champions Ajax on Monday.

And Mata is confident the incoming duo, who both starred at the World Cup, will boost a United side still without a win in a competitive game under new boss Louis van Gaal.

“As you read this, many things are happening before the transfer window expires today,” Mata wrote on his personal blog. “Here I would like to welcome Di Maria and Blind to the club. 

“I am sure these two players will give a lot to us and will strengthen the team. We already know what Angel is capable of, his ability and dribbling skills, and Daley has a great touch and is very intelligent, as he showed during the World Cup.”

The Spain international also took the opportunity to praise departing midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who has returned to Borussia Dortmund after a disappointing two-year spell in English football.

“I would also like to wish all the best to Shinji Kagawa, a fantastic player but especially a great person,” Mata added. 

“It’s been a pleasure to be his team-mate and I’m sure both Borussia Dortmund and fans everywhere will enjoy his football again.” 

Blind: Man Utd one of biggest clubs in world

The Ajax man is set to complete a move to Old Trafford and is delighted to be linking up with his former Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal


Daley Blind has expressed his delight as joining “one of the biggest clubs in the world” ahead of his move to Manchester United.

The Netherlands international is poised to complete a switch to Old Trafford on Monday after current club Ajax accepted a bid of €17 million from United.

“I got a call on Friday night telling me that the clubs had agreed a deal,” Blind told reporters. “I was with my girlfriend and we went to my parents to drink a glass of wine.

“I am enormously proud to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everything has happened so suddenly.

“What exactly has gone off in the background, only my agent and my dad know, but it was a very exciting and tense time.”

It is unclear which position Blind is likely to adopt at United, where he will link up with former national team coach Louis van Gaal – the 24-year-old was utilised in a variety of positions by the coach at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“Van Gaal and I did have some informal contact before the move, but the conversations which took place stay between him and me,” he added.

“I just want to be part of the team, in whatever role that is going to be, in defence or in midfield.”

Blind bids farewell to Ajax ahead of Man Utd move

The Netherlands international is set to become Louis van Gaal’s fifth major summer signing and thanked those associated with the Dutch outfit before his exit

Daley Blind has bid farewell to Ajax ahead of his move to Manchester United.

United revealed on Saturday that the Netherlands international is set to join the club, with Ajax announcing the fee to be €17.5 million.

And on Sunday, Blind – who impressed for his country at this year’s World Cup under now-United boss Louis van Gaal – has all but confirmed his switch to Old Trafford with an emotional post on his Instagram account.

“Want to thank everyone for the wonderful years I’ve had from my 7th year to 24th!” he posted. “Supporters, team-mates, staff, thanks! Ajax remains my club.”

Blind won four consecutive Eredivisie titles in Amsterdam.

Official: Kagawa returns to Dortmund

The attacking midfielder has ended his stay at Manchester United and, after leaving two years ago, BVB have confirmed that the Japan international will be back in the Bundesliga


Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Manchester United attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa is returning to the Bundesliga club on a four-year deal.

The Japan international failed to thrive at Old Trafford since his €22 million move from Signal Iduna Park to the Premier League two years ago and rumours have been rife all summer that he would be returning to the Bundesliga.

Dortmund confirmed the move for an undisclosed fee – reported to be €8m – with one day until the closing of the transfer window and BVB sporting director Michael Zorc admits the club leapt at the opportunity to bring the player back.

“The chance presented itself in the past few days to sign Kagawa from Manchester United for the first time ever,” Zorc told the club’s official website on Sunday. “Of course we opted to bring the enormous talent back to us to win more trophies.”

帰ってきた!#wiederhier #backhome pic.twitter.com/GkyXRxoHfo

— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 31, 2014

Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke was equally thrilled to bring back the 25-year-old to the club where he made his name, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a DFB-Pokal during his two-year stay with Jurgen Klopp’s men.

“Shinji Kagawa is a technically gifted creative player who can determine the match in an instant,” Watzke said.

“He wanted to return to Borussia Dortmund and we are sure that – given the right rest, time and appreciation – he will get back to the level he was at two years ago.”

Kagawa, who follows in Nuri Sahin’s footsteps as a player who has returned to Signal Iduna Park after a failed transfer abroad, is delighted to be back at last season’s Bundesliga runners up.

“I already said on the day of my departure that the chapter Borussia Dortmund is not over for me,” he said. “I wanted to make a dream come true by going to the Premier League.

“But now I am glad to be back in Dortmund with this great team, this unbelievable environment and these unique fans. BVB’s like a family. I am proud they didn’t forget me and I can be part of it again.”